Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 7, 2019 Format: eARC
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I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.
As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.
The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.
An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.
Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.
No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.
Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.
Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
Make me bad.
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R.S. Grey did it again! Make Me Bad is her newest release, and it is amazing. One of my favorite parts of the book is that the main character Madison is a librarian, and there’s lots of library talk throughout the book! I love the library, and I could relate to so much of what Madison was experiencing, as well as being from a small town where everyone wants to know everyone’s business.
Make Me Bad follows Madison, a children’s librarian that still lives at home with her overprotective father, and Ben, the rich guy everyone in town knows. The two meet when Ben saves her from an attacker, and start seeing each other often when Ben volunteers at the library with Madison. I loved the progression of their relationship. They started off as acquaintances, and slowly progressed to more. Compared to some of Grey’s other novels, this one is kind of a slow burn. You can definitely feel the chemistry between the two, but neither of them acts on it for such a long time.
“This is my moment. I have to take life by the balls, and then because that sounds gross, I decide to take life by the hand, but forcefully.”
Both characters in this novel were amazing. Madison was kind of awkward because of her overprotective father and brother growing up, but she’s still hilarious and sassy. Ben was the best. He’s so sweet to her, my heart was squeezing while reading from his perspective. He was so caring, and constantly going out of his way to make sure Madison was okay.
The one thing that irked me about the book though was that Madison kept talking about how she wasn’t pretty at all, even though every male character throughout the book describes how gorgeous she is. Let women characters be confident in their looks!
“When I say Ben looks like the hottest version of Mr. Darcy I’ve ever seen, believe me, he does. Tall. Dark. Handsome. Pissed.”
I don’t think it’s ever taken be longer than a day to read any of R.S. Grey’s books. They’re so compulsively readable, and once I start I can’t stop. I was up until 3 AM reading this book the other night, and I didn’t want it to end! Grey’s newest book has her signature humor and swoony scenes. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone!